EY Entrepreneur Of The Year nominations feature fairies, whiskey, and much more

The programme is celebrating its 20th year in Ireland

The shortlist of 24 finalists in the 2017 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year programme has been released.

These firms will compete across three categories, Emerging, Industry and International - between them they employ 5,000 people and have an annual turnover of more than €475m.

The 2017 edition will be the 20th Irish EY Entrepreneur Of The Year competition. This year's theme is, "Leading through Change."

Here are the nominations in full:

Emerging category:
Aoife Lawler & Niamh Sherwin-Barry, The Irish Fairy Door Company
Jack Teeling, Teeling Whiskey
Niall McGarry, Maximum Media/JOE Media
Ian McKenna, eLight
Jack & Declan O’Connor, BHSL
Daithi O’Connor, Revive Active
Ciara Donlon, THEYA Healthcare
Samuel Dennigan, Strong Roots
Industry category:
Patrick McAliskey, Novosco
Gary & Andrew Irwin, Bedeck
Evelyn O’Toole, CLS
Ramona Nicholas, Cara Pharmacy
Patrick McCann, Simplyfruit (Ire) Ltd.
Trevor Annon, The Mount Charles Group
Louis Keating, L&M Keating Ltd.
Jim Burke, GoBus.ie
International category:
Harry Hughes, Portwest
Mark Barrett, APC
Darragh Cullen, Edge Innovate
Brendan Monaghan, Neueda
Fergus & Frances McArdle, Height for Hire
Jane Gallagher & Roisin Callaghan, Cogs & Marvel
Kevin O’Loughlin, Nostra
Alan Foy, Blueface
Commenting on the announcement, Kevin McLoughlin, Partner Lead for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year programme said: "2017 is proving to be a year of disruptive change for companies, as we await the outcome of Brexit negotiations, and the potential impact of President Trump’s policies, coupled with ongoing innovation and technological disruption.
"This year’s finalists were chosen because they have demonstrated the ability to navigate change as business leaders, and as such, they represent the very best talent within Ireland’s entrepreneurial community today. We look forward to witnessing their journey on the programme and to supporting their growth and success now and into the future."